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What is on your winter break reading list? In 2017?

Recently, I was engaged in professional learning webinar. As the conversations took the usual twists and turns the focus turned to professional reading. The discussions and chat box popped with book title after book title!

We decided to compile a list of our favorites. And yes, I completely realize there are way too many books for winter break—and maybe even too many for 2017—but we hope that it sparks your journey of professional reading and professional growth.

Best Practices Books

Literacy, Reading, and Writing Books

Coaching Books

Book Recommendations By Other Educators

Larry Ferlazzo recently shared a blog, What was the favorite education-related book you read this year? Larry invites readers of this blog to share their favorite education-related book they read during the previous twelve months. Check out the book recommendations offered since 2008.

Books That Made A Big Difference in My Professional Life

The Big 5: Katie Wood Ray Tells Us About the Five Books that Made a Big Difference in Her Professional Life

In this blog, Katie Wood Ray offers the top five professional books that most affected her teaching, served as a turning point in practice and introduced her to a new way of approaching her work as an educator.

I am not sure how Katie limited her list to just 5 books!

As I consider the professional reading I have done over the past 22 years, I am struck by the number of books and diversity of topics and authors that have made an imprint on my educational career.

Here is my list! Not as concise as Katie’s and certainly not comprehensive!

Note, I could have easily included books from the list above by Peter Johnston, Ellin Oliver Keane, Lucy Calkins, and Peter Brunn!

Engaging Reads for Winter Break

In her recent blog, Elena Aguilar shared Books to Read Over Winter Break. I applaud her for sharing a list that is not education-focused; instead, it includes engaging reads that you might enjoy during some down-time and included a few suggestions for your students and children.

What is on your list of professional reading this winter break and in 2017?

Gina Fugnitto, EdD, is the director of consultant development at Center for the Collaborative Classroom. She has experience as a literacy coach, teacher, and professional development provider. She was a Reading Recovery teacher, a Literacy Collaborative coach, and the associate director of literacy for Response to Intervention Teaching Learning Connection. She has a BS in Elementary Education, an MA in Educational Leadership, and a doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction. Follow Gina on Twitter at @gfugnitto.

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Our friends on Facebook added

Our friends on Facebook added this book:

Who's Doing the Work? 

https://www.stenhouse.com/content/whos-doing-work

The Power of Our Words-

The Power of Our Words- Teacher Language That Helps Children Learn

 

Here are just a few books

Here are just a few books that laid a literacy foundation for me when I fulfilled my first district administration job:

~ What Really Matters for Struggling Readers by Richard L. Allington

~ Bringing Words to Life by Isabel L. Beck, Margaret McKeown, and Linda Kucan

~ Best Practice by Steven Zemelman, Harvey Daniels, and Arthur Hyde

 

For educators who want to

For educators who want to create a positive, caring and productive learning environment I recommend:

The Caring Teacher's Guide to Discipline: Helping Students Learn Self-Control, Responsibility, and Respect, K-6 Third Edition by Marilyn Gootman

Life Changing...            

Life Changing...                                 

The Power of Our Words 

Teaching Children to Care

Loved The Book Whisperer by

Loved The Book Whisperer by Donalyn Miller and The Right to Learn by Linda Darling Hammond.

Kristy, I heard Donalyn speak

Kristy,

I heard Donalyn speak at CRA.  She was inspiring, hysterically funny, and so real.  Thanks for the recommendation!

Kristy, I heard Donalyn speak

Kristy,

I heard Donalyn speak at CRA.  She was inspiring, hysterically funny, and so real.  Thanks for the recommendation!

Kristy, I heard Donalyn speak

Kristy,

I heard Donalyn speak at CRA.  She was inspiring, hysterically funny, and so real.  Thanks for the recommendation!

As I look at my bookshelf, in

As I look at my bookshelf, in addition to those listed, some of the classics that have influenced my thinking include:

- Writing Essentials by Regie Routman

- A Fresh Look at Writing by Donald Graves

- Becoming Literate by Marie Clay

- Going Public by Shelley Harwayne

- Sytems for Change by Carol Lyons and Gay Su Pinnell

- Guiding Readers and Writers by Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell

- What a Writer Needs by Ralph Fletcher

 

 

In the spirit of establishing

In the spirit of establishing and nurturing a community of learners among all stakeholders:

 Collaborative Leadership: Six Influences that Matter Most by Peter DeWitt

I am looking forward to Who's

I am looking forward to Who's Doing the Work! I saw this title several months ago but didn't get started and then was reconnected with it while working with colleagues in Okaloosa County. Happy holidays to all. 

I'm looking forward to having

I'm looking forward to having a minute to sit down with Teach, Reflect, Learn: Building Your Capacity for Success in the Classroom by Pete Hall and Alisa Simeral.  Too often we get caught up in day to day operations, and forget to take the time to sit and really think about what is going on in our classroom and how students are responding to our instruction. 

I'm going to be reading Best

I'm going to be reading Best Practice, 4th edition by Steven Zemelman, Harvey Daniels, and Arthur Hyde.  I've only read the chapters on Reading and Writing so I have reading dates with Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies.